Colchester Museums Development Foundation

The CMDF is a new charitable foundation that will enhance the work of Colchester’s museum service by fundraising and instructing where new investment will best serve audiences.

This investment will not replace existing core funding from the Council, but will be entirely supplementary. It will allow the museums to reach new audiences and further support their work preserving the wonderful heritage of Colchester.

The museums in Colchester welcome more than 150,000 visitors a year and the Foundation will initiate and support fundraising for new education programmes, exhibitions, research and acquisitions.

Thank you to everyone who expressed their interest in becoming a CMDF Trustee. It’s wonderful to have so many interested in joining our board.

Staff are currently talking to potential Trustees, as we continue to get the Foundation officially set up.


Colchester Castle

A visit to Colchester Castle is better than ever before with interactive displays and star exhibits, like the Colchester Gladiator Vase and Fenwick Hoard of Roman treasure. 

Hollytrees Museum

Enjoy 300 years of history in this beautiful Georgian townhouse through hands-on exhibits and displays. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor.

Natural History Museum

Get up close to nature and find out more about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at this family-friendly museum. 

Where will your adventure start?